• Membership Meeting - Family Picnic

    Time: July 10, 2024 6:.30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Location: Wayne’s House

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The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.

Members

  • Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.

  • Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.

  • Receive as much as they give!

Who We Are

We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!

What We Do

Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.

Latest News

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6 PM at 56 Winding Drive, Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg. We had 12 members in attendance and 6 guests. Joe and Bill treated us to a dinner enjoyed by all. Gary opened with the invocation and Brent subbing for Dan welcomed all in attendance.

Business Meeting:

1. Secretary’s Report: Approved.

2. Treasure’s report: Approved

3. President’s Report:

a. Our “Respect for Law” guests introduced by Chairman Doug “three of Gettysburg’s finest, Officer’s James O’Shea, Scott Weaver, and James Bivens. Each of these officers serve our community through the Gettysburg Area School District to ensure students, teachers, staff, and visitors have a safe experience within the school district. Officer Bivens stressed the importance of creating positive relationships with the students and staff and the gratification they get to experience in the student’s growth and development. All three officers have served in the Penna. State Police in many different capacities. We are fortunate to have such qualified men to be part of the Gettysburg School District. This is one of my reports that words cannot begin to express our appreciation for the great role model and job these men do every day.

b. Brent stressed that we need someone to step to the plate for Vice President so please be in touch with Dan ASAP !!!

c. We need a chairman for the wine fest parking (fundraiser) !!!

d. Congratulations to Doug becoming a Grandfather again. Little girl: Maisie Grace McFadden

e. Welcome back Walt after a successful surgery.

f. Please keep Brian and family in our prayers for a speedy recovery. We also need to keep Fred Darling and Bob Campbell in our prayers for their speedy recovery.

Old Business

4. Optimist Basketball (Chair Brian Skidmore)

5. Little League Baseball (Chair Al Parone)

a. Little League baseball opened on 4/20. This year 120 participants will experience little league baseball and 4 girls softball teams will be on the ball fields.

6. Respect for Law (Chair Doug Miller)

a. Summary in Presidents report. Thank you Doug for a great job.

7. Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking (Chair )

a. Please contact Dan, Brent, or Daryl if you are willing to chair this event !!!

8. Adams County Foundation Giving Spree (Chair Joe MacDowell)

a. Date 11/7/2024

9. RIF (Chair Lyne Aurand)

10. Golf Tournament Fundraiser (Chair Gary Rappoldt)

a. Our Fourteenth Optimist Tourney will be held at The Links at Gettysburg on 5/16/24.

b. Our golf registration and information are available on our website. If you know of golfers, please help promote our golf tournament.

c. Save the date 5/16/24 and we will need all hands-on deck to make this a successful fundraising event.

11. The Warrior Way Program ( formerly Stars)

a. Held 3/27

12. Brandon proposed sponsorship for youth basketball who supported Optimist Basketball with coaches and players. This will be addressed in our next budget.

11.Brian had previously suggested a meeting to bring your adult child or friend as a prospective member.

New Business

1. Need a Vice President !!!

2. Need a Chairperson for our Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking !!!

Upcoming Dates:

● 5/16 14th Optimist Golf Tournament (The Links at Gettysburg)

● 5/21 3rd Quarter Zone Meeting in York (Contact Brent if interested in attending)

● 6/5 Optimist Meeting, location, Lake Heritage Pavilion

● 6/19 Optimist Social

● 7/10 Optimist Club Picnic

● 8/7 4th Quarter Zone Meeting, Gettysburg Hosts

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary

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The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.

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